HP Reveals Envy x360 15 Laptops with AMD's Latest Ryzen APUsby Anton Shilov on March 19, 2019 11:00 AM EST
HP on Tuesday introduced its new 15.6-inch convertible notebooks based on AMD’s Ryzen Mobile 3000-series APUs. The new HP Envy x360 15 are positioned as inexpensive 15.6-inch-class laptops for productivity applications. In addition, the company announced its new Intel-based HP Envy x360 15 PCs.
HP’s AMD Ryzen 3000 and Intel Core i5/i7-based Envy x360 15 convertibles use exactly the same sand-blasted anodized aluminum chassis and thus have the same dimensions (17 mm z-height) and weight (~ 2 kilograms). The only visual difference between AMD and Intel-powered Envy x360 15 PCs is the color: the former features HP’s Nightfall Black finish, whereas the latter features HP’s Natural Silver finish. Overall the new 15.6-inch Envy x360 convertible laptops feature a 28% smaller bezel when compared to the previous generation according to the manufacturer. Meanwhile, all the HP Envy x360 15 machines introduced today also use the same 15.6-inch Full-HD IPS touch-enabled display panel featuring a WLED backlighting.
Inside the new AMD-based HP Envy x360 15 convertible laptops are AMD’s quad-core Ryzen 5 3500U or Ryzen 7 3700U processors with integrated Radeon RX Vega 8/10 graphics. The APUs are accompanied by 8 GB or single or dual-channel DDR4-2400 memory (depending on the region) as well as a 256 GB NVMe/PCIe M.2 SSD. As for Intel-powered Envy x360 15, they use Core i5-8265U or Core i7-8565U CPUs.
UPDATE 3/27: HP has notified us that all the new Envy x360 15 support dual-channel memory. However, in some regions the machines will ship with a single 8 GB memory module (thus using one DRAM channel), but in some others the PCs will ship with two 4 GB DIMMs (thus using two DDR4 channels and offering a higher memory bandwidth).
As far as connectivity is concerned, everything looks rather standard: the systems feature a 802.11ac + Bluetooth 5.0/4.2 controller from Intel or Realtek, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C connector (with DP 1.4), two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, an HDMI output, a 3.5-mm audio connector for headsets, an SD card reader, and so on. The new Envy x360 15 also has an HD webcam with a dual array microphone and a kill switch, a fingerprint reader, Bang & Olufsen-baged stereo speakers, and a full-sized keyboard.
When it comes to battery life, HP claims that its AMD Ryzen Mobile-powered Envy x360 15 convertibles offer exactly the same battery life as Intel-based machines: up to 13 hours of mixed usage when equipped with a 55.67 Wh battery.
HP will start sales of its Envy x360 15 convertible notebooks with AMD Ryzen Mobile inside this April. Pricing will start at $799.99. By contrast, a system featuring Intel’s Core i5-8265U with a generally similar configuration will cost $869.99.
|HP Envy X360 15"|
|Envy x360 15 (AMD)
|Envy x360 15 (Intel)
|Processor||Ryzen 5 3500U
2.1 GHz Base
3.7 GHz Turbo
|Ryzen 7 3700U
2.3 GHz Base
4.0 GHz Turbo
1.6 GHz Base
3.9 GHz Turbo
1.8 GHz Base
4.0 GHz Turbo
|Graphics||Vega 8||Vega 10||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|RAM||8 GB DDR4-2400 (not user accessible)|
|Storage||256 GB PCIe/NVMe||256 GB PCIe/NVMe
512 GB PCIe/NVMe + 32 GB Optane
|Intel Wireless-AC 9560
|Audio||Bang & Olufsen
|Digital Media||SD card reader|
|1 x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x 3.5mm jack
|Dimensions / Weight||14.13 x 9.68 x 0.67-inch
2 kilograms | 4.53 lbs
|Battery / Battery Life||3-cell 55.67 Wh LiPo
65W AC adapter
|Price||Starting $799.99||Starting $869.99|
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